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Sew an adorable picnic basket with everything you need for the perfect picnic!
It was our friends Keava & Rosa's wedding at the weekend, so I decided to make them their own custom picnic basket as a gift, inspired by a lovely picnic we had for them in the summer. It is lined with custom Zazzle fabric, has straps for buckling in plates, napkins with pockets for cutlery and their initials painted on the front. I hope they like it!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1119 projects »
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  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project, you'll need a basket and a thin piece of wood cut to the same size as the inside of the basket.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a rectangle of fabric three times the width of your basket and a few inches taller.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the right edge of the fabric in (with the wrong side facing up) by 1/2" and then in by another 1/2" and pin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat with the top and bottom edges too, pining in place.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew these edges in place.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place in your basket and fold under the final edge until the fabric fits perfectly. Pin and sew the final edge.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make two smaller rectangles to the size of the back and front of the inside of the basket, fold and pin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the two side rectangles to the lining, creating a box shape.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 9
    Step 9

    Place neatly inside the basket.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using fishing line and a needle, stitch along the top of the lining fabric, stitching it along the weave of the basket.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 11
    Step 11

    Make sure the lining is all secure.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 12
    Step 12

    We're not going to make the top of the basket, so get your piece of wood ready.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut a rectangle of fabric three times the width of your wood and an inch taller at either side.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold the top and bottom edges over by 1/2" and then by another 1/2" and pin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 15
    Step 15

    Pin the top edge too.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 16
    Step 16

    Sew along these edges.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now fold the bottom edge up, creating a pocket 3/4" the height of the wood, pin the top edge and sew the edge. Pin the side of your fabric and sew.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 18
    Step 18

    Slip the wood inside the fabric, pin the second edge and sew.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 19
    Step 19

    Cut two rectangles of fabric double the width of the wood and 4" tall to make straps for the plates.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 20
    Step 20

    Fold the top and bottom edge over by 1/4", fold the strap in half and pin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 21
    Step 21

    Sew along the edges of the straps.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 22
    Step 22

    Cut one of the straps in half and pin a buckle in between the two edges.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 23
    Step 23

    Sew the buckle in place.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 24
    Step 24

    Place the straps in a cross over the plates.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 25
    Step 25

    Pin the bottom edges of the straps to the bottom of the baking rectangle.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 26
    Step 26

    Cross the straps over the two plates and pin inside the pocket.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 27
    Step 27

    Lay the baking on the lid of your basket and try closing it, to make sure the plates are hanging in the right place.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 28
    Step 28

    Place the plates to one side for a moment.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 29
    Step 29

    Mark the center of the strap, where it goes under the pocket with an x and drill a hole through the fabric and wood.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 30
    Step 30

    Tie a length of wire through a cute button and slip it through the hole.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 31
    Step 31

    Slip a small button on the other side of the board and tie the wire. Repeat for both straps.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 32
    Step 32

    Stitch the backing to the lid of your basket with fishing line.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 33
    Step 33

    Make sure it's nice and secure.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 34
    Step 34

    Cut a length of chain and stitch it between the lid and bottom of the basket to stop the lid from folding back. Repeat at the other side.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 35
    Step 35

    Cut two rectangles of fabric for napkins measuring roughly 14" x 14", fold over each edge by 1/2" and then by another 1/2" and pin in place. Cut two more rectangles measuring 7" x 11" and fold the top edge over by 1/2" and then another 1/2" and pin in place. Cut two lengths of ribbon measuring 18".

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 36
    Step 36

    Pin the ribbon on the middle of the back of the napkin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 37
    Step 37

    Stitch the ribbon in place at the center.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 38
    Step 38

    Sew the top edge of the half rectangles in place.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 39
    Step 39

    Slip the half rectangle inside the napkin, placing it under the bottom edge and sides. Re-pin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 40
    Step 40

    Sew around the edges of the napkin.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 41
    Step 41

    Place your cutlery in the napkins pocket.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 42
    Step 42

    Roll up the napkin and tie the ribbon in a bow.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 43
    Step 43

    Buckle your plates in place and slip the napkins into the pocket at either side.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 44
    Step 44

    Fill the basket with treats.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. Picnic Basket - Step 45
    Step 45

    Finally, paint the front of the basket with initials if you're hoping to give it as a wedding gift.

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